Islamic Nations look to up the ante in their opposition to free speech re: Islam
I was disturbed though not surprised when I read Ed Brayton’s post today which reported that at a recent summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a group of 57 predominantly Muslim nations, discussion focused on how to eliminate criticism of Islam from around the world. The organization of Islamic nations discussed the possibility of taking legal actions to suppress “defamation of Islam”. The Muslim leaders are reported to be going so far as to attempt to demand redress from Denmark for the running of the cartoon caricatures of Mohammed in 2006 and again last month. As bases for their anti-free speech position, they are planning to cite the criminalization in Europe of Holocaust denial and other anti-Semitic rhetoric. They are also looking to articles in various UN charters that condemn religious discrimination, with plans of arguing for intensifying these policies.
This dogmatist tyranny is truly disgusting. We are living among people that are so dogmatically committed to their 2000 year old self-agrandizing mythology that they are willing to prioritize them over the rights of other people and the exchange of ideas. They are so polarized in their us-themism, their God fearing, and their moral self-righteousness, that they would suppress the freedom of others to criticize their cherished beliefs.